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Absence of Malice
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Release Date:
18 December 1981 (USA) See more »
In America can a man be guilty until proven innocent? See more »
When a prosecutor leaks a false story that a liquor warehouse owner is involved in the murder of a union head, the man's life begins to unravel. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Sydney Pollack 
Writing credits
Kurt Luedtke (written by)

David Rayfiel  uncredited

Produced by
Sydney Pollack .... producer
Ronald L. Schwary .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
Cinematography by
Owen Roizman 
Film Editing by
Sheldon Kahn 
Production Design by
Terence Marsh 
Set Decoration by
John Franco Jr. 
Costume Design by
Bernie Pollack 
Makeup Department
Terri Cannon .... hairstylist
Don L. Cash .... makeup artist
Dorothy J. Pearl .... makeup artist: Ms. Field (as Dorothy Pearl)
Production Management
Ronald L. Schwary .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rafael Elortegui .... second assistant director
David McGiffert .... assistant director
Art Department
Edward Aiona .... property master (as Edward A. Aiona)
Robert Boettcher .... assistant property master
Willie Marceau .... construction foreman
William S. Maxwell III .... leadman
John A. Scott III .... leadman
Chuck Stein .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Ralph Babcock .... boom man
Neil Burrow .... sound editor
Tom E. Dahl .... re-recording mixer (as Tom Dahl)
Gordon Davidson .... supervising sound editor
Les Fresholtz .... re-recording mixer
Bert Hallberg .... sound mixer
Arthur Piantadosi .... re-recording mixer
Robert A. Reich .... sound editor
Chester Slomka .... sound editor (as Chester L. Slomka)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Glennon .... camera operator
Rob Hahn .... camera assistant
Gary Holt .... gaffer
Bob Rose .... key grip
Beau Gillespie .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Martin Pitts .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Tim Ryan .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Don Smetzer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert M. Moore .... costumer: men (as Bob Moore)
Rita Salazar .... costumer: women
Editorial Department
Lois Freeman .... associate editor
Joe Mosca .... assistant editor
Location Management
Ned McLeod .... location manager
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael McDuffee .... transportation captain (as Mike McDuffee)
Gerald R. Molen .... transportation coordinator
Hank Scelza .... transportation captain: Miami
Other crew
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor
Patricia Matzdorff .... production coordinator
Penny McCarthy .... assistant auditor
Ken Ryan .... auditor
Beverly Walker .... publicist
Moby Griffin .... marine coordinator (uncredited)
Ned McLeod .... additional footage director (uncredited)
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116 min
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The movie's Californian Charity Premiere was held on 17th November 1981 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, California with benefit proceeds going to aid the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California.See more »
Continuity: Other date continuity errors: After Meghan says that the year is 1981 and Michael prints a cashier's check dated Dec. 11, 1980, Meghan gives him the clipping announcing that the investigation is off; the clipping is dated November 22, 1980. Still later Michael gets another cashier's check dated December 16.See more »
James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General:You're a smart man, Mr. Gallagher. I'm pretty smart myself. Don't get too smart.
Michael Colin Gallagher:Everybody in this room is smart, and everybody was just doing their job, and Teresa Perrone is dead. Who do I see about that?
James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General:Ain't nobody to see. I wish there was. You're excused, sir.
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34 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
How to outsmart a covey of smartasses, 13 August 2001
Author: helpless_dancer from Broken Bow, Oklahoma

Mighty good drama depicting corruption in the justice department intending, on the surface, to solve a crime, but, beneath the waters, to further political careers. Sally Field played the self centered, self deluded reporter perfectly against Newman's confused, angry victim. Worth seeing.

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